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3.5
  • Food4
  • Service2
  • Value4
  • Ambiance2.5
  • Reviews3

Hanabi

1050 Alberni St, #200
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 488-0184
Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Located on the second floor of Alberni Street, this jewel glimmers with traditional Japanese standards and a few surprises. Fresh sushi as intricate as origami, cool and delicious as it is authentic. The room is simple—head for the wraparound sushi bar.

Reviews

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Big bang for the buck
By xcape of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 12:58am [Dine in]

Food: fresh sushi and awesome teriyaki sauce! the teriyaki sauce tastes different, I think they made their own sauce or something like that. I usually get the nigiri box A which is a combination of sushi and cooked food; they all taste good, better than your average sushi place

Service: dependent on how crowded the place gets. The service's pretty good when it's quiet but when it gets busy, oh my, super slow service

Ambiance: I think the place looks pretty good. I agree that the location is pretty peculiar and there's no ventilation but it's clean and it has Japanese decor so this is pretty good for me

Overall: I gave 4 stars because they deliver consistent, good quality food with decent price. Imagine, $ 10.95 for 2 salmon sushi, 2 tuna sushi, 1 ebi sushi, 4 california sushi, rice + miso, tempura, teriyaki chicken, and green salad. Should try out this place!

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Sushi with no view
By foodock of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 6:57pm [Dine in]

We came here for lunch recently and it this place appears to be okay food wise, but service is a little lacking.

We each ordered a version of their lunch boxes. Each lunch box comes with salad, miso soup, rice, tempura (1 piece of ebi (shrimp), green bean, carrot and purple potato), four pieces of a California roll and a choice between teriyaki beef, chicken or salmon. As they are set up for robata, the meats are grilled rather than deep fried and served with a stir fry of onions, bean sprouts and fennel (I think). This allowed for the meat to be more moist and avoided the usual deep fried taste.

The California rolls were your standard type, not really outstanding. But it’s not really sushi is it. The salad had a bit of crispness to it and was okay. The tempura was not overly battered and was not oily.

On top of this, we ordered a plate each of the salmon sashimi and the spicy tuna sashimi. These were quite good and fresh tasting. The sauce on the spicy tuna had quite a bite to it, but was quite flavorful too. We will definitely will try that again.

The service was not overly attentive. They came to the table to drop off the tea, take the orders and drop off the orders. They did not refill the tea during the entire meal or come back to check on us. This is one area they will need to work on.

The location is a little strange too as you have to take an elevator up to the second floor and the restaurant has no windows. This leaves you feeling a little cramped.

We will try this place again and may try to go a little more ala carte to sample more of the menu next time.

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Closed
By eastvanstones of East Van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately, this place has closed and been replaced. Too bad - great little place with huge bento boxes for a great price. The new place is called "Eh", as in "Canadian, Eh" - doesnt look like it will do the trick. Looked liek aburger type place. Kind of understadable though, the location was quite strange - you only come across it if you know about it.

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